The father of this classic gin drink is Arthur Tarling, a bartender in London's Café Royal, who won first prize in a London cocktail competition in 1933 with his recipe. Light and refreshing, the Red Lion has quite the pedigree thanks to its simple taste, without any fuss, frills or indeed loud roaring, and it still ranks among the classic cocktails today. As early as in 1937, it featured in the "Café Royal Cocktail Book," the mother of all standard reference works.
Now mix the lion and monkey to create an explosive breed – this fruity and tangy mixture, with a pleasant tart flavour, is achieved by combining 3 cl Monkey 47, 3 cl Grand Manier, 1.5 cl fresh lemon juice and 1.5 cl fresh orange juice. Shake the ingredients 15 to 20 times with ice cubes and double strain into a chilled glass to serve.